Andrew Cluley

Reporter

 

Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.

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While working for WEMU I’ve covered the Ann Arbor City Council and School Board beats, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti City Council and School Boards and the Washtenaw County Commissioners. Not to mention pretty much everything else in the area. I really enjoy covering local news, partly because it’s so overlooked by other media outlets. In many ways what happens at city hall or in your community school has a bigger impact on your life than what’s going on in Lansing or Washington D-C. I get the chance to track down these important stories and bring them to you every day.

When I’m not at work I love to follow sports, particularly U of M, and Detroit’s professional teams. Saturdays in the fall you can count on me watching Michigan football…and Sundays I’m probably suffering through another Lions debacle.

I also enjoy running and am proud of finishing the 2006 Detroit Marathon. Would love to run another, but I’m holding off until I think I have a realistic chance to complete one in under four hours.

Thanks for listening to WEMU and finding out a little bit more about me.

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Transportation
8:32 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Regional Transit Authority Hires Hertel As CEO

John Hertel

The new Regional Transit Authority that aims to link Washtenaw County with Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb  counties, now has a CEO.  The RTA board met Wednesday in Ann Arbor. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports,  the board approved a contract with the current CEO of SMART, John Hertel.

Regional Transit Authority approves contract with John Hertel to serve as the RTA's new Chief Executive Officer.

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Politics
10:41 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council 5th Ward Candidate Forum

In November, voters in Ann Arbor's fifth ward will be choosing between Incumbent councilman Mike Anglin and write-in candidate Tom Partridge.   The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area had both participate in a candidate forum last night.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley was there.

5th Ward candidates for Ann Arbor City Council meet in a pre-election forum.

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Politics
10:33 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Ann Arbor 3rd Ward City Council Candidates Forum

The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area hosted candidate forums for those running in contested races for Ann Arbor City Council. In the 3rd Ward,  Stephen Kunselman is facing a challenge from someone who helped get him elected four years ago.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Sam Devarti is challenging the Incumbent for the seat, but the forum revealed that the candidates are in agreement on many of the issues.

3rd Ward Candidate Forum for Ann Arbor City Council

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Government, Transportation
8:12 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Ypsilanti Township Moves Closer To Joining the AAATA

Credit TheRide / Ann Arbor Transportation Authority

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority is a step closer to adding another member community.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the AAATA Board last night voted unanimously to approve Ypsilanti Township's request to join the authority.

AAATA accepts Ypsilanti Township's request to join "The Ride."

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Transportation
7:47 am
Fri September 27, 2013

AAATA Unanimously Approves 2014 Fiscal Year Budget

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority has approved a nearly 34 million dollar operating budget for fiscal year 2014.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the A-A-A-T-A board on Thursday evening, voted six to nothing in favor of the new spending plan.

AAATA Passes 34-million dollar spending plan for fiscal 2014.

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Roads
2:56 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Washtenaw Road Commission Seeks Representative

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is taking applications to fill a recently vacated seat on the Road Commission. The selected applicant will represent the general public for the remainder of a six year term that ends in 2018.
 

Resumes must be submitted by September 25. The commissioners will choose an applicant during their October 2 meeting, and the appointment will take effect on January 1, 2014.

More information at http://www.ewashtenaw.org/

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Community
4:57 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Ann Arbor Creates Task Force for Huron River Corridor on N. Main

Ann Arbor City Council has unanimously approved a task force report with recommendations on what to do with the city's North Main Huron River Corridor.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more.
 

Andrew Cluley Reports

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Community
4:50 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Football Closures in Ann Arbor

Credit University of Michigan

A week from today Ann Arbor police will meet with community residents to discuss the results of closing a stretch of Main Street before and during University of Michigan football games.  Last night the police chief shared his initial impressions with city council. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more. 

Andrew Cluley Reports

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Business
4:26 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Ann Arbor Council Postpones DDA Financing Action

Ann Arbor City Council has now postponed action until their second meeting in October on proposed ordinance amendments to limit the amount of tax increment financing the Downtown Development Authority can collect.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more.

  

Andrew Cluley Reports

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Business
10:09 am
Thu September 12, 2013

The Ann Arbor News Hits Newstands Once Again

Credit Mlive

Ann Arbor.com ceased to exist today. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports the shift in online content to MLive coincides with a return to The Ann Arbor News moniker for the twice-weekly print edition. 

Local online content moves from Ann Arbor-dot-com to M-Live today, and the print edition of the local news returns to the name Ann Arbor News, after a four year absence.

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Community
8:15 am
Wed September 11, 2013

More Public Input Sought For Downtown Ann Arbor Developments

A consulting firm is looking for feedback on options for possible zoning changes for three downtown Ann Arbor properties.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports,  focus group sessions will take place tonight at 5pm at Bill's Beer Garden and tomorrow at 8am at the Downtown Development Authority. 

Two meetings scheduled to gather public input on three, separate downtown Ann Arbor development projects.

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Environment
6:25 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Ann Arbor Considers Community Solar Projects

There may come a time when Ann Arbor residents team together and invest in communal solar energy projects. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Ann Arbor officials are calling on the state to remove the barriers that prevent such projects from being developed.

Ann Arbor residents could one day invest together to create communal solar projects

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Community
1:43 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools Investigate Security Upgrades

Officials from the Ann Arbor Public Schools are looking into security upgrades at district buildings in response to tragedies at schools across the country. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports:

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Courts
11:48 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Washtenaw County Approves New Case Management System

The Washtenaw County Commissioners have approve the purchase of a new case management system for the County's Trial Court. The commissioners voted eight to one last night to purchase the system for $2.3 million. 

WEMU's Andrew Clulely reports:

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Environment
10:03 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Ann Arbor Council Calls for Dioxane Cleanup

A map from the Environmental Health Division of the Washtenaw County Department of Public Health displays an estimated pathway of the Pall-Gelman 1,4-dioxane plume. The The contamination is said to be spreading through a system of underground streams, contaminating the groundwater in those areas.
Credit Washtenaw County Department of Public Health

Ann Arbor City Council has unanimously passed a resolution asking the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to update clean-up standards for 1,4 Dioxane Plumes.  

The issue is important to the city because of the dioxane plume that started at the Pall Gelman facility west of town.  City Council member Sabra Briere says the resolution is important just because it gets people thinking about the issue again.
 

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Education
6:58 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Ann Arbor School Board To Consider Creation Of Community Committee

An Ann Arbor School Board member wants district residents, and business leaders, to become more involved. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Trustee Christine Stead believes creation of a new Community Committee would prove beneficial to district Administrators, School Board members and, ultimately, the students.

Ann Arbor Board of Education Trustee proposes formation of a Community Committee

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Government
6:46 am
Fri August 30, 2013

State House To Vote On Medicaid Expansion

The State House had already passed a version of a bill that would extend Medicaid benefits to about 320,000 low-income residents in 2014. The State Senate stalled the measure until this week, when it passed a version with some new elements. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, State House lawmakers are again preparing to vote on Medicaid expansion.

Ypsilanti State Representative David Rutledge looks ahead to next week and a State House vote on Medicaid expansion in Michigan.

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Community
6:22 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Locals Call For Immigration Reform At All Levels Of Government

Local supporters of immigration reform are calling for action on federal, state, and local levels  of government. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the group, Organizing for Action Washtenaw, hosted a forum on immigration reform Wednesday evening at the University of Michigan. 

Local action group hosts forum at U of M and calls for immigration reform at all levels of government

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Civil Rights
4:47 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

EMU Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington [Slideshow]

EMU students and administration listen to Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech.
Patrik Holubik

Eastern Michigan University marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington with bells and playing King's historic speech at three o'clock, when the speech was originally given. 

Over 100 people attended the ceremony and listened to comments from EMU professor Ronald Woods and state representative David Rutledge.  Rutledge says there are things King would find utterly amazing if he was here today.

Andrew Cluley's Report on the EMU March on Washington Celebration 8/28

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Education
7:23 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Work Begins for Ann Arbor Schools New Superintendent

Jeanice Swift is on the job. Swift is the newly hired Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the districts teachers and staff began the new academic year on Tuesday with an opening day ceremony.

The Ann Arbor Public School District's new Superintendent begins work.

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City Planning
8:44 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Ann Arbor Planning Commission Weighs In On The Sale Of The Old YMCA Property

Based on recommendations made Tuesday night, we may be getting a better picture of what  new development of the old YMCA property in Ann Arbor will look like.

The Ann Arbor Planning Commission issues its recommendations last night. Should the city choose to sell the property to a private developer, the Planning commission urges it use the "Request For Proposal" process. 

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the commission also include a list of conditions any developer should have to meet in order to benefit the city in the long term.

Ann Arbor Planning Commission recommends list of conditions for development of old YMCA property.

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A2 Council
8:18 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Ann Arbor Council Approves Drinking Water System Plan

Ann Arbor City Council has approved the sale of bonds to help maintain a pair of pump stations key to the city's drinking water system.  

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, council last night agreed to sell  up to $31. million in  bonds to pay for system upgrades.

Ann Arbor agrees to sell over three million dollars in bonds to fund improvements to pump stations that fuel the city's drinking water supply.

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Taxes
7:17 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Ann Arbor School Board To Consider Tax Measure

Credit AAPS

Voters in the Ann Arbor Public School District will likely be asked to renew a sinking fund millage in November. 

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the school board last week discussed the issue and are to vote this week on putting the question on the ballot.

Ann Arbor School Board is expected to ask district voters to renew sinking fund millage.

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Taxation
6:47 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council to Consider Bond Measure

Ann Arbor City Council has a fairly light agenda for tonight's meeting.  Council will consider an ordinance authorizing the sale of up to $3.5  million  in Water Supply System Bonds.  

If approved,  the revenue generated will be used, in part, for additions and upgrades at the Barton and South Industrial pump stations.  The bonds will be paid back through Water Supply system revenues.

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Business
9:06 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger Closes

Credit Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger

For 60-years, Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger has been serving up a unique menu of comfort foods at its location at the corner of Packard and Division in Ann Arbor.

No more. Wednesday marked the last day for the restaurant at that location, and those wishing to have one last experience waited on line upwards of an hour. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley spent some time talking with those patient Blimpy enthusiasts.

Wednesday marked the end of an era, as Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger spent one last day serving customers at it's current location.

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